In 1976 the US mint released a Bicentennial Silver coin set. This set is made of 40% silver and comes with a Quarter, Half and Dollar coin. The face value is $1.75 and the original issue price was $12.00. The mint numbers on them are 3,998,621 sets produced.
The coins feature a dual date 1776-1976 and unique reverse design. The Mint held a contest for the new design and started striking the winning designs in 1975.
The obverse of the coins are the same as your normal coins with the exception of the 1776-1976 dual date. The quarter features George Washington. The half has John F. Kennedy and the Dollar depicts Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The half and dollar of this set features a special design. The quarter has a colonial Drummer boy on it and the dollar shows the Liberty Bell and moon in the background. This was the only year for this design to be used. The designs on the rear of the dollar were changed mid year in 1975 to thinner letters as requested by the mint. The Type 2 dollars have a thinner lettering than the Type 1 version. These are very nice proof like coins.
Eight different 1976 Eisenhower Dollars varieties exist. The 1976, 1976-D, and 1976-S clad proof coins are found in either Type 1 or Type 2. The 1976-S silver proof and uncirculated coins are only found with the Type 1 reverse.
In 1975 the Mint started striking these coins. You will never find a 1975 Quarter because one was never produced.
2 types of Metals were used in the coins production, a regular copper-nickel clad composition for circulation and in a 40% silver clad composition for collectors.
Here is a cool story about the Ike dollar design. Ike Dollar Type 2 Design
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